Last month, the Tribune’s “Betrayed” series exposed Chicago Public Schools’ abysmal failure to protect students from adult sexual predators, including teachers, coaches and staff.
But a second sexual abuse scandal is festering at CPS: students assaulted by other students.
Tribune reporters Gary Marx, Jennifer Smith Richards, David Jackson and Juan Perez Jr. detailed nearly 40 such cases in Chicago Public Schools since 2008. And they uncovered a sickening twist: In more than half the cases the reporters examined, the victim or the abuser was a special needs student. These are among the most vulnerable children in any school. The children who need the most help, the most protection, the most oversight. CPS failed to provide it, again and again.
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